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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

 St. Vincent and the Grenadines is an English-speaking developing Caribbean island nation. Tourism facilities are widely available. Read the Department of State Background Notes on St. Vincent and the Grenadines for additional information.

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 COUNTRY OVERVIEW
Country Name: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Continent: Caribbean
Capital City: Kingstown
Boundary Countries:
Recommended Hospitals in Capital: Kingstown General Hospital
Main Cities: Kingstown, Georgetown, Port Elizabeth, Chateaubelair
Country Size: 389 sq km
Population: 118,149

 

COUNTRY GENERAL INFORMATION
Language:

English,  Créole

Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Predominant Religions:

Anglican 47%, Methodist 28%, Roman Catholic 13%, other (includes Hindu, Seventh-Day Adventist, other Protestant) 12%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 27 October (1979)
Economic Status:

Economic growth slowed slightly in 2007 after reaching a 10-year high of nearly 7% in 2006, but is expected to remain robust, hinging upon seasonal variations in the agricultural and tourism sectors and a recent increase in construction activity. This lower-middle-income country is vulnerable to natural disasters - tropical storms wiped out substantial portions of crops in 1994, 1995, and 2002. In 2005, the islands had more than 160,000 tourist arrivals, mostly to the Grenadines. Saint Vincent is home to a small offshore banking sector and has moved to adopt international regulatory standards. The government's ability to invest in social programs and respond to external shocks is constrained by its high debt burden- 25% of current revenues are directed towards debt servicing.

 
Security:

There are no regular military forces; Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, Coast Guard.

US Presence:

There is no US Embassy or Consulate in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados is responsible for consular issues on the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, including American Citizens Services. US citizens are encouraged to carry a copy of their citizenship documents with them at all times so that if questioned by local officials, proof of identity and US citizenship are readily available.

The US Embassy in Bridgetown is located in the Wildey Business Park in suburban Wildey, south and east of downtown Bridgetown. The main number is (246) 431-0225; after hours, the Embassy duty officer can be reached by calling (246) 436-4950. The website for Embassy Bridgetown is http://bridgetown.usembassy.gov/ . Hours of operation are 8:30a to 4p Mon-Fri, except Barbados and US holidays.
 
 
Document Requirements:

For information concerning entry requirements, travelers can contact the Embassy of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 3216 New Mexico Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20016, telephone (202) 364-6730, or their consulate in New York. There is also information available on their website at http://www.gov.vc/govt/index.asp.

All Americans traveling outside of the United States are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter the United States. This extended to all sea travel (except closed-loop cruises), including ferry service on June 1, 2009. Travelers must now present a Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) compliant document such as a passport or a passport card for entry to the United States. While passport cards and enhanced driver’s licenses are sufficient for entry into the United States, they may not be accepted by the particular country you plan to visit; please be sure to check with your cruise line and countries of destination for any foreign entry requirements. We strongly encourage all American citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. American citizens can visit travel.state.gov or call 1-877-4USA-PPT (1-877-487-2778) for information on how to apply for their passports.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 6, Airports w/paved runways: 5

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Petty street crime occurs in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. From time to time, property has been stolen from yachts anchored in the Grenadines. Valuables left unattended on beaches are vulnerable to theft. Persons interested in nature walks or hikes in the northern areas of St. Vincent should arrange in advance with a local tour operator for a guide; these areas are isolated, and police presence is limited.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 14.01 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 74.09 years   (male 72.21/female 76.04)
 

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid, Boosters: MMR & DPT, if needed.

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Dengue epidemics have occurred on many of the Caribbean islands. Most islands are infested with Aedes aegypti, so these places are at risk for introduction of dengue. Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent this disease.

Cutaneous larval migrans is a risk for travelers with exposures on beaches and leptospirosis is common in many areas and poses a risk to travelers engaged in recreational freshwater activities. Such activities may include whitewater rafting, kayaking, adventure racing, or hiking. Endemic leptospirosis is reported in Jamaica. Travelers to regions in Jamaica can reduce their risk to leptospirosis by avoiding activities which expose them to contaminated fresh surface water. Outbreaks of ciguatera poisoning, which results from eating toxin-containing reef fish, have occurred on many islands.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Medical facilities are limited. There is a hospital in the capital, Kingstown, but serious medical problems may require evacuation to another island or the US. There is no hyperbaric chamber; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island. The closest hyperbaric chamber is located in Barbados. Doctors and the hospital often expect immediate cash payment for health services.

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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

In 2006, malaria (falciparum) was confirmed in travelers to Great Exuma, Bahamas, and Kingston, Jamaica, areas where malaria transmission typically does not occur. An outbreak of eosinophilic meningitis caused by Angiostrongylus cantonensis occurred in travelers to Jamaica.

Endemic foci of histoplasmosis are found on many Caribbean islands, and outbreaks have occurred in travelers.

Communications Info:

Country Code: - 1-784 

 



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